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Sunday, June 1, 2008

How to make your own folder icons in windows XP.

Screen shot showing customised folder iconAre you fed up of those yellow folders? If so the good news is that it is easy to change them to an image of your own. I have a polybore image for my blog stuff folder. See first pic.

Video of how to do it.

First off we need to convert our image to BMP (bitmap) format. Open your jpeg (or other format) image into Microsoft Paint.

Then file/ save as/ save as type/ 24 color bitmap. That's it we have our bitmap image. See second pic.Screen shot of BMP file type selection

Now right click on the folder that you want to change the icon. Select properties. Click the customise tab. Select change icon. Select browse. Change files of type from icon files to all files. Locate the bmp image we created earlier. Hit OK.
That's it done. Bear in mind that your image is going to be shrunk a lot when it becomes an icon so it is best to chose an image that is well defined.
Alternatively download the excellent IrfanView. This software enables you to save jpeg as ico as well as many other features including making the background of your icon transparent.


  1. Informative article. I currently use Lovely Folders to customize Vista folders. It works pretty fine.

  2. Thanks for the vista info Fiona. I am checking out Lovely Folders as I type.

  3. Thanks for the info.